North American Semiconductor Equipment Industry Posts May 2009 Book-to-Bill Ratio of .74


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North American Semiconductor Equipment Industry Posts May 2009 Book-to-Bill Ratio of 0.74

SAN JOSE, Calif. – June 18, 2009 – North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $288.5 million in orders in May 2009 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.74 according to the May 2009 Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI. A book-to-bill of 0.74 means that $74 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

The three-month average of worldwide bookings in May 2009 was $288.5 million. The bookings figure is about 16 percent greater than the final April 2009 level of $249 million, and about 72 percent less than the $1.03 billion in orders posted in May 2008.

The three-month average of worldwide billings in May 2009 was $391.9 million. The billings figure is just over one percent greater than the final April 2009 level of $385.7 million, and about 72 percent less than the May 2008 billings level of $1.31 billion.

"Bookings for the North American semiconductor equipment market are still near historically low levels, though the sharp declines have subsided,” said Dan Tracy, senior director of Industry Research and Statistics at SEMI. “While recent industry data show increased semiconductor device unit sales, the industry is waiting for stronger signals to increase capital investments.”

The SEMI book-to-bill is a ratio of three-month moving averages of worldwide bookings and billings for North American-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers. Billings and bookings figures are in millions of U.S. dollars.

 

Billings
(Three-month avg.)

Bookings
(Three-month avg.)

Book-to-Bill

December 2008

672.4

579.1

0.86

January 2009

584.2

277.2

0.47

February 2009

525.5

258.4

0.49

March 2009

438.3

245.6

0.56

April 2009 (final)

385.7

249.0

0.65

May 2009 (prelim.)

391.9

288.5

0.74

Source: SEMI June 2009

The data contained in this release were compiled by David Powell, Inc., an independent financial services firm, without audit, from data submitted directly by the participants. SEMI and David Powell, Inc. assume no responsibility for the accuracy of the underlying data.

The data are contained in a monthly Book-to-Bill Report published by SEMI. The report tracks billings and bookings worldwide of North American-headquartered manufacturers of equipment used to manufacture semiconductor devices, not billings and bookings of the chips themselves. The Book-to-Bill report is one of three reports included with the Equipment Market Data Subscription (EMDS).

SEMI is the global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chains for the microelectronic, display and photovoltaic industries. SEMI member companies are the engine of the future, enabling smarter, faster and more economical products that improve our lives. Since 1970, SEMI has been committed to helping members grow more profitably, create new markets and meet common industry challenges. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Bangalore, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.semi.org.

Association Contacts

Dan Tracy/SEMI
Tel: 1.408.943.7987
E-mail: dtracy@semi.org

Scott Smith/SEMI
Tel: 1.408.943.7957
E-mail: ssmith@semi.org

Editors Note:
Next SEMI Book-to-Bill: July 21, 2009; 3:00 p.m. PST
For information on the SEAJ Book-to-Bill Report, visit www.seaj.or.jp

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